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Volaris Adds Nonstop Service Between Austin and Guadalajara

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The Mexican ultra-low cost airline Volaris has announced that it will start new nonstop service between Austin, Texas and Guadalajara, Mexico on August 7, 2016. “The new flight will connect two of the most vibrant start-up scenes and technology hubs in North America,” said the Consul General of Mexico in Austin, Carlos González Gutiérrez.

“Mexico represents a vital part of the international inbound travel to Austin,” said Julie Chase Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Like Austin, Guadalajara is an important tech hub that is also rich in arts and culture and we trust this new air route will help to increase tourism opportunities between our two cities. This new non-stop service on Volaris will ultimately mean more visitors and significantly more spending for our city, our hotels, restaurants, attractions and retailers.”

“This announcement that Volaris will provide nonstop service from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to Austin is good news. The home of mariachi is now connected to the Live Music Capital of the World,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

“More nonstop flights expand our economic potential and open up opportunities for exchange,” said Doug Driskill, Dell Executive and Chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Air Service Task Force. “Austin understands the importance of international air service in today’s global economy and the critical need for connectivity to Mexico, Texas’ most important trading partner. Guadalajara is Latin America’s Silicon Valley, a magnet for tech entrepreneurs and home to some of the world’s top electronics and semiconductor manufacturers. I’m thrilled to welcome Volaris to Austin.”

“Day after day we strive to extend Volaris’ connectivity and services to benefit our customers and maintain our positioning as the Mexican airline with the widest presence in the US,” said Holger Blankenstein, Chief Commercial Officer of Volaris. “The new Austin-Guadalajara route improves our presence in the Texas market adding to San Antonio, Houston and Dallas that we already operate.”

The service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) at 1:20 PM, and arrive at Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) at 3:28 PM. Flights will depart Guadalajara at 9:33 AM, arriving in Austin 11:50 AM. Flights are operated on 179 seat, A-320 aircraft.

Travelers can book tickets on the carrier’s website at www.volaris.com or by phone, toll-free, in the U.S., 1-866-988-3527, and Mexico, 01-800-122-8000.

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Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, Host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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Taos Air Begins New Nonstop Service From Austin

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Passengers board a Dornier 328 jet for the inaugural Taos Air flight
Passengers board a Dornier 328 jet for the inaugural Taos Air flight at the Signature Flight Support facility at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Dec. 20, 2018. Photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

The first flight from Taos Air, a new charter service offering nonstop flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Taos Regional Airport (TSM), departed Austin the morning of December 20, 2018.

Operating out from the Signature Flight Support facility, on the south side of the airport campus, Taos Air’s seasonal service flies Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays – plus on holiday Mondays.

“Taos Air will now offer the closest, fastest and easiest route to the Rockies from Texas – a thrilling development for skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts who like big mountains and big adventures,” said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley, Inc. “The new air service will allow Texans the flexibility to visit Taos more frequently, or for quick weekend trips.”

Taos Air offers flights starting at $96 one way, which travelers can book tickets now via www.skitaos.com/taos-air or by calling 833-359-8267 (FLYTAOS). Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights.

Flights are scheduled to depart Austin Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:20 AM, and on Sundays and holiday Mondays at 10 AM. Return flights from Taos are at 4:24 PM and 6:40 PM, respectively. Taos Air is a charter flight service of the Taos Regional Airport.

Signature Flight Support is located at 4321 Emma Browning Avenue. It may be accessed by taking U.S. 183 South to Burleson Road. From Burleson Road, take Emma Browning Avenue to Signature Flight Support.

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Frontier Moves to South Terminal, Adds Nonstop Routes

Highlighting its relocation to the South Terminal, Nov. 15, 2018, Frontier Airlines announced two additional nonstop destinations.

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A Frontier Airlines A320 arrives at the South Terminal of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Nov. 15, 2018. Frontier relocated its operations to the South Terminal from where they will offer 21 nonstop destinations from Austin.
A Frontier Airlines A320 arrives at the South Terminal of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Nov. 15, 2018. Frontier relocated its operations to the South Terminal from where they will offer 21 nonstop destinations from Austin. Photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Highlighting its relocation to the South Terminal of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Nov. 15, 2018, Frontier Airlines announced two additional nonstop destinations from Austin.

New Nonstop Service

Beginning on April 30, 2019, the airline will begin offer seasonal nonstop service to Chicago, followed by service to San Francisco beginning on May 10, 2019. These flights, along with the rest of Frontier’s flights from Austin-Bergstrom will operate from the South Terminal, a separate facility accessed off Burleson Road, east of US 183.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming customers to a new, easier, more relaxed experience,” said Daniel Shurz, Senior Vice President, Commercial for Frontier Airlines. “2018 has been a big year for Frontier in Austin, we’ve significantly expanded our route network, and we’ve got a great range of destinations from Austin.

The New South Terminal

Rendering of the entrance to the South Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Rendering of the entrance to the South Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin

With more than 1,000 parking spaces available, the South Terminal has both an indoor concession area and an outdoor patio featuring gourmet tacos from the De Nada Tacos food truck. Shuttle service is available to transport passengers to the Barbara Jordan Terminal and operates approximately every 20 minutes. Travelers should be aware that off-airport parking does not serve the South Terminal.

“The South Terminal and Frontier are an excellent fit and creates a growth opportunity for both the South Terminal and Frontier,” said Jeff Pearse, CEO of Lonestar Airport Holdings, LLC, South Terminal Operator. “We look forward to hosting Frontier passengers and treating them to our Austin experience, South Terminal style.”

Frontier serves 21 nonstop destinations from Austin. Tickets and Frontier low fare sales, including new sales to celebrate the relocation, are available at FlyFrontier.com. Frontier has carried 744,890 passengers through Austin’s airport year-to-date January – August 2018, about seven percent of Austin airport travelers, making Frontier the fifth busiest airline in Austin.

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Parking at the South Terminal is available for $10 per day in Long Term, and Short Term located directly in front of the terminal is $16 per day. Parking at the South Terminal is automated and payable by credit card only.

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ViaAir Announces Austin to Oklahoma City, Tucson nonstop flights

ViaAir announced new nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport and to Tucson International Airport.

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ViaAir. Photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin

ViaAir announced new nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) and to Tucson International Airport (TUS), beginning January 18, 2018. These new flights join ViaAir’s nonstop option from Austin that includes the winter seasonal flights between Austin and Steamboat Springs / Hayden, Colorado started on December 13, 2017.

“Austin is an amazing, fast-growing city. We are thrilled to bring the convenience of direct flights to the markets of Tucson and Oklahoma City as the start of expanded service in the region. We will roll out additional cities throughout next year as we hope to be known as Austin’s hometown airline,” said Matthew Macri, ViaAir’s Vice President of Operations.

ViaAir plans to base crews and maintenance at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, positioning its Austin based operations to expand, the carrier reports.

“ViaAir’s continued growth, connecting two new nonstop destinations to Austin, is welcomed,” said Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “These Oklahoma City and Tucson additions bring more options for customers and can ease new business and tourism connections for Central Texans. It also adds to the regional carrier’s new seasonal service from Austin to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, starting Dec. 13, 2017.”

Four days per week, the Austin to Oklahoma City nonstop flights depart Austin at 5:05 PM and arrive in Oklahoma City at 6:25 PM, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In the opposite direction, the nonstop flight departs Oklahoma City at 7:10 PM and arrives in Austin at 8:30 PM. All times are local.

Three days per week, the Austin to Tucson nonstop flight departs Austin at 10:50 AM and arrives in Tucson at 12:20 PM, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. In the opposite direction, the nonstop flight departs Tucson at 1:05 PM and arrives in Austin at 4:10 PM. All times are local.

ViaAir is partnering with Embark Aviation to commercially manage these flights which includes: pricing, revenue management, network planning, and marketing functions.

“Embark is very excited to work with ViaAir and help them develop a world class airline. With our experience and resources, Embark can profitably position Via for growth in many unserved, niche, market opportunities,” said Clint Ostler, Vice President Marketing and Development for Embark Aviation, Inc.

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